There is a unique community project taking place at the moment called ‘A Little Patch of Ground’, led by participatory arts group, Encounters. Since April 2011 two community vegetable gardens have been established and two culturally diverse and intergenerational groups have been formed.
August 2011 - NewStart
I could not look those people in the eye and say, very sorry but we will not do anything to remove those people that trashed their community.
When an individual realises that the rules we’re instructed to live by don’t actually exist they become anomic and society is no longer able to regulate their behaviour.
As cities in the UK look towards new ways of building their local economies without the large public funds they have become accustomed to, the localised partnership-based approach and focus on place within Portland is attractive.
‘Wherever possible we will increase choice’ is the philosophy of the coalition government towards the modernisation of public services, but we’ve heard this rhetoric before.
Reclaiming our streets and rebuilding our communities is one (hugely) important part of our response to the riots. Another aspect of our response is to consider the moral, political and community leadership necessary to build bridges between those who feel so disconnected from society.
This time around, the recently-appointed minister for cities, Greg Clark, is said to have until Christmas to dream up a new cities strategy. Unless he’s confident that he can conquer global warming and produce cooler summers, he’s going to need all the help he can get.
LEPs must move one step beyond the opportunities afforded by the standard policy fare. Whilst short-term growth is sought, they must consider the deeper underlying economic conditions and be mindful of economic resilience in the long term.
Maybe places that work are about pathways. For the pathways to work, there needs to be a collective visual acuity. People need to see, to believe, to act.
My view is that however flawed you may perceive Leps to be, they are ‘doomed to success’ like so many initiatives that governments tie their credibility to. We keep being told there is no Plan B – so we can assume success has to be driven by Plan A.